first_imgThe large protest crowd walks up the Port Road in Letterkenny.The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay have slammed Donegal Sinn Fin for ignoring their requests not to use political banners at last weekend’s Bin the Bills protest in Letterkenny.The group said the protest has shown that Donegal will have one of the highest levels of resistance to payment of water charges.But have also criticised Sinn Fein’s behaviour at the protest. Spokesperson Francis McCafferty said, “The big numbers of people who were prepared to get rid of their bills and the enthusiasm they showed, surpassed all our expectations. It looks like once again people in Donegal will be to the forefront is resisting charges. We also saw people take away thousands of our newsletters in bundles to distribute in their own commuities in an effort to get others not to pay also. The non payment message will certainly go out far and wide from this demonstration.”“The government have been trying to downplay recent protests by claiming that the protests are now much smaller than before, but we have just seen similar numbers to the last demonstration at the end of January. It’s clear that in Donegal at least there has been no let up in popular support for the campaign against the charges and that is the clear and unambiguous message we have sent to the government.”But the CPWP spokesman added that the only downside to Saturday’s demonstration is that our attempt to build unity between anti water charges groups was cut across by the antics of Sinn Fein.“They completely ignored our request not to carry party political banners or placards. While parties such as the IRSP, People Before Profit and others respected our decision, Sinn Fein was the only political party to display placards which they distributed in great numbers. In doing so they showed that their participation was more about promoting their own electoral interests, rather than simply supporting the people who had turned up to bin their bills.” “In an act of unity, we had a representative from Right2Water, in which Sinn Fein is the dominant force, speak at the protest. But we feel we had our goodwill thrown back in our faces by their behaviour. It was very disappointing and distracted from what was a people’s protest by a crude attempt to ‘brand’ it for one particular political party.”“It will disappoint many who want to see unity between different groups, but the reality is that there is only one part of the anti water charges movement which is out of step with everyone else in refusing to back the boycott and that is Sinn Fein. There is complete unity amongst everyone else on the need for a strong boycott. The challenge now is for all groups supporting the boycott to find better ways to work together.” ‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ SLAM SINN FEIN FOR USING POLITICAL BANNERS AT PROTEST was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Can’t Pay Won’t PaydonegalprotestSinn Feinlast_img read more

Play Your Part episode four: get involved with the initiatives

first_imgYou can get involved with the guests featured on episode four of Play Your Part. In this episode viewers will discover how they contribute to making South Africa a better place to live by creating job opportunities and promoting entrepreneurship.Mogau Seshoene, known for her The Lazy Makoti brand, shows her culture through her culinary expertise. She also creates job opportunities for women. (Image: Melissa Javan)Brand South Africa reporterIn episode four of the Play Your Part television series, viewers learn how three people use entrepreneurship – each in a different way – to empower women and youth in South Africa. The guests are Gail Styger, Mogau Seshoene and York Zucchi.The episode, which airs on Saturday, 16 September 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2, is hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane. Artist and musician Mabalane is also a co-founder of the initiative, Shout for a Safer South Africa.The 26-episode Play Your Part series aims to inspire viewers to become active citizens and take part in volunteerism by profiling South Africans across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Learn more about episode four’s three guests and how you can get involved with them:Gail StygerGail Styger is founder of the Wot-if Trust. (Image supplied)Styger is the founder and trustee of Wot-if Trust. The organisation runs various programmes in Diepsloot, Johannesburg that work on empowering especially women and youth through skills development and entrepreneurship.Wot-if Trust also manages stakeholder engagement and consultation to channel BEE funds and guarantee points on the BEE Scorecard for contributions by corporates to the community.Its building, Father Louis Blondel Centre, is used as an open collaborative workspace where entrepreneurs, small businesses and community projects can access facilities and support services, more often than not without incurring costs.Contact details:Website: wot-if.co.zaEmail: info@wot-if.co.zaTwitter: @gailstyger or @WotiftrustYork ZucchiZucchi is a motivational speaker, who travels to townships to inspire entrepreneurship. (Image: Play Your Part TV series)Zucchi is the founder of Join the Equation, an initiative set up to match opportunities to businesses. It operates in 57 countries.Zucchi, who is also a motivational speaker, travels to townships to inspire entrepreneurship through talking to businesses.Contact details:Website: yzafrica.org and jointheequation.comTwitter: @YZP and find Zucchi on LinkedinMogau SeshoeneFor the past three years, Seshoene has been promoting South African culture and heritage through teaching people about traditional South African cuisine.Her company, The Lazy Makoti, employs rural and township women to host cooking classes using local food as well as to sell handcrafted, locally produced kitchen accessories.Mogau also hosts a cooking show on national television that showcases African recipes.Contact details:Website: thelazymakoti.wordpress.comTwitter: @thelazymakoti and find her on FacebookPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 every Saturday on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; or,Find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Character Rigging

first_imgLearn how to rig a character using expressions and parenting in this After Effects video tutorial.On top of being a fantastic program for creating VFX, After Effects allows users to animate cartoon style characters with ease. Tools like parenting and expression controllers make rigging and animating characters easy to create.In the following exclusive video tutorial we will demonstrate some basic character rigging in After Effects. The tutorial covers:Character AnimationInverse KinematicsSetting up designs in IllustratorLayer size vs. Document sizeParentingSetting up expressions and parameters is really important when working with a cartoon character. If you aren’t careful, you can create a very messy and disorganized project. If you are interested in diving into character animation check out our earlier post on the 12 principles of animation.Want more After Effects video tutorials? Check out the After Effects section on the PremiumBeat blog. While you’re there feel free to read up on all the latest filmmaking news and techniques.Have any questions? Know of a better way to set up inverse kinematics? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

No athlete is bigger than the Games, not even Bolt: Mark

first_imgAbsence of star athletes like Usain Bolt and Stephani Rice would not take the sheen away from the Delhi Commonwealth Games, feels Australia’s champion shooter and Olympic medallist Russell Mark.”No athlete is bigger than the Games, not even Bolt,” Mark said.The Australian is all praise for India’s Ronjon Singh Sodhi, who has been training under him for a while now. Mark had earlier trained Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore before the Athens Olympics in which the Indian won a silver.”He (Sodhi) is one of the most improved shooters if you look at the last four years. He still has his best years ahead of him and will be a tough person to beat in this year’s Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics (2012),” Mark told PTI Bhasha from Australia.Mark won gold in double trap at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and managed a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics four years later. He also won a gold medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.The Australian, who last visited the country during the Commonwealth Shooting Championship at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here in March, said he does not mind coming to India for the Games and has also rubbished concerns about security measures during the extravaganza.”The security for the Commonwealth Games test event in March was very strict and that did cause us some concern. We have not been told officially of any security problems from our team management, so I’m assuming the Indian authorities have taken care of things,” he said.advertisementProvided he gets an offer in future, would he like to become the national coach of the Indian shooting team, “Yes, I would take the job on a part-time basis.I know I will be able to help them and, with the amount of talent the team has, I believe they should dominate the double trap events for the next five to eight years.”last_img read more

Coffey Resigns As Coaching Director

first_imgCoffey has been extremely proactive in the international community through his role as the Secretary General of the Federation of International Touch (FIT).  TFA has been very supportive of this commitment and has no doubt that Dennis will continue to fulfil an important role in the development of the game internationally.  This commitment and other circumstances have resulted in the resignation at this time.Coffey first got involved in the sport of Touch Football in 1977 when he was a first grade Rugby player and played with an Army team called the Green Machine. Since then Coffey has been heavily involved in Touch Football on and off the field, with plenty of highlights along the way. Coffey’s highlights include playing in the first World Cup in 1988 and being named in the World All Stars team at that event as well as coaching the Australia Men’s 30’s to the World Cup title in 2003. Off the field, Coffey’s achievements include his role as the National Coaching Director, his involvement with the Australian Defence Force Association as well being the first state director of Queensland Touch. Coffey has also attended every National Championships from 1980 until now.For now, Coffey is busy with his role with FIT, and is looking forward to the future. “There’s a lot to do. I’m enjoying it, you don’t do this unless you get some sort of satisfaction out of it, any volunteer does what they do because of satisfaction. The prime drive for a volunteer is personal satisfaction.”“The work is just so necessary if we are to develop the sport globally in some way similar to some way we have done in Australia. It needs time, energy, effort, policies, support, resources, a whole range of issues to enable other countries to do what Australia has done,” Coffey said. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, says that the organisation and the sport in general are very thankful for all of Coffey’s efforts throughout the years. “TFA is indebted to the long term support of Dennis and wishes him all the best with his current priorities,” Maguire said. “We will no doubt still have the opportunity for Dennis to work with us all through his passion for coaching and we look forward to any such opportunity.”last_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right track

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right trackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club knows they’re on the right track.Despite struggling to make it past Sky Bet League One side Rochdale on penalties in midweek and failing to impress as they meekly lost 2-0 at West Ham last week, Solskjaer says he believes in the principles they are trying to instil in the squad.He said, “I never said it was going to be easy this season. There is going to ups and downs and highs and lows.“When we lose a game, go through difficult periods it is time for us to trust what we are doing and keep working to the principles that we believe in. It’s not about changing direction every time you lose.“Every game in the Premier League is winnable, but also loseable. It’s fine margins.“Sometimes you’re happy and smiling because you’ve won a game and sometimes you are angry because you’ve lost a game. But deep down you know we are on the right way.” last_img read more

Dont Expect to See a Triple Crown Anytime Soon

The owner of California Chrome, which failed in his Triple Crown quest Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, had some controversial things to say about how it’s “not fair” that a lot of Chrome’s Belmont competitors didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby and/or the Preakness Stakes.But California Chrome’s loss should surprise no one. This is the new normal.California Chrome is now the 13th horse to have won the first two races but failed to win the Belmont since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978. Of the 13, one was scratched the day of the race, and eight lost to horses that didn’t even run in the Preakness.Having a number of “fresh” horses in the Belmont field was common in the era leading up to Affirmed’s Triple Crown, though perhaps a little less so. But the extent that these horses have been dominating in the Belmont is just one aspect of a bigger issue.Of the 23 horses that won the Preakness and not the Derby since 1979, just five won the Belmont (the last to do so was Afleet Alex in 2005). And of the 23 that won the Derby but not the Preakness, just two won the Belmont: Swale in 1984 and Thunder Gulch in 1995. In total, 59 horses have won either the Derby or the Preakness or both since 1979, and of those, just seven have won the Belmont.The main thing that separates the Belmont from the other two races is its length: At 1.5 miles (or 2.4 kilometers, or 12 furlongs), it’s over a quarter-mile longer than either the Derby or the Preakness. This distance has become increasingly rare in American horse-racing over time, to the point where almost all horses entering the Belmont these days have never raced it. Even highly experienced trainers may not have much experience with it. One trainer has come across Belmont’s extra distance only one in every 1,000 races.Belmont is billed as the “Test of the Champion” — kind of like a final exam for a horse to prove itself the most worthy — but in reality it’s more like a test of a deliberately different skill set: i.e., 1.5 miles is to 1.25 miles as the SAT Math section is to the SAT Verbal.The Triple Crown races weren’t always different types of tests. In the late 1800s, all three were 1.5 miles. The Derby switched to 1.25 miles in 1896, while the Preakness experimented with a number of different lengths between 1894 and 1923 before settling on 1.1875 miles (or 9.5 furlongs) in 1924. The Belmont was actually the first to abandon the longer distance, switching to 1.25 miles in 1890, but it switched back for good in 1926.For at least a half-century after the distances were settled, the three legs of the Triple Crown seemed about equally likely to be won by a horse that would (or did) win one of the others. But since 1979, the short track/long track divide has become huge, and the 13 failed Triple Crown attempts are just part of the story.Between 1926 and 1978, of the 20 horses that won the Derby and Preakness, 10 of them won the Belmont — since 1979 those horses are zero for 13. Between 1926 and 1978, 33 Belmont Stakes included no horse that won both precursors, and of those 33 races, 14 were won by a horse that had won one of the prior Crown races (21 percent of the 66 such horses). Since 1979, there have been 23 years where no horse won both precursors, and just seven Belmonts were won by a horse that had won one precursor (15 percent of 46 such horses).We can compare those rates to the Belmont odds for horses that won neither the Derby nor the Preakness. This is a little difficult, because field sizes vary and often have a number of serious long-shots in them, so I’ve made this comparison based on an assumed pool of six “competitive” horses per race. Thus we can see how a horse’s performance in the precursors has affected its chances of winning the Belmont:As you can see, the odds drop significantly for horses with one win on the shorter tracks going in, and completely for horses with two wins. As a natural result, the odds of winning the Belmont for a horse with zero wins in the previous two races have grown — to the point where they may (amazingly) even be higher than for a horse with a winning track record. Thus, each marginal precursor win has actually decreased a horse’s chances of winning the Belmont (note that racebooks have completely failed to capture this effect).Perhaps this is partly because winning precursor races places horses at a disadvantage to fresher horses (as California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn seems to think). But, more importantly, winning the shorter precursors is further evidence that a horse is more calibrated to the shorter distance.That top horses are calibrated to shorter distances is also evidenced by the rate at which Derby and Preakness winners match each other: California Chrome was the ninth such horse in the past 18 years.This is how it is now: More Triple Crown attempts, fewer Triple Crowns. Get used to it. read more

Mbappe names his World Cup favourites

first_imgKylian Mbappe believes that Brazil, Germany and Spain will be the leading contenders for glory in Russia and added it will likely be the final chance for Belgium’s golden generation to win the World CupThe Paris Saint-Germain forward is currently preparing himself for his first appearance in world football’s biggest stage and recently brushed off concerns over a reported ankle injury ahead of France’s Group C opener against Australia.When pressed on who he believes will be the favourites to win at Russia, the 19-year-old admitted that he felt that France are not among the top candidates.“Brazil, Germany and Spain are at present three teams that are a little ahead of us,” said Mbappe, as stated on Goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“After, there is Belgium. For them it’s now. With their generation, I think it’s the last chance.”In his first season at PSG, the teenage striker scored 21 goals in 44 games and was included in the France World Cup squad on the back of his impressive performances.Les Bleus will also be facing Peru and Denmark in Group C.last_img read more

Puel disappointed with Palace defeat

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has blamed their lackluster first half performance for their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.Luka Milivojević’s long-range shot six minutes before the break was the difference on Saturday.Leicester hit the post in the second half after being crucial save by palace keeper Vicente Guaita as they tried to equalize.“Disappointed I think is the right word, of course,” Puel told the club’s website.“I think this team played with strong pressing and put us under pressure. We had difficulties to start with the ball, to find space and to find good moves behind their defenders.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We played a poor first half without the right intensity and we conceded a great goal. It was tough for us without the positive attitude in our game. [In the] second half, we played better with a good intensity, the right intensity, good play, good moves.“We had three or four chances to score and I think we deserved to come back into the game.“The fair result for me was a draw and we were unlucky in the second half. I regret our first half without the right intensity, the right ingredients.“We allowed them to start well and score the goal. I’m disappointed about this and the inconsistency in our game.“We made our reaction with a good second half but to get the points we needed to play the full game.”last_img read more

Homer Fish Game Sponsoring Carmen Field Ice Fishing Day

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee is sponsoring the Carmen Field Ice Fishing day at Johnson Lake. Dave Lyon with Homer Fish and Game: “It’s all about catching fish. There is no tournament  involved, it’s just about getting out on the ice and having fun with family.”  Carmen Field was a member of the Homer community who worked with the Department of Fish and Game to promote outdoor and fishing for kids. Field passed away last year from cancer. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Homer-fishing-day.mp3VmJennifer-on-Homer-fishing-day.mp300:00RPd Lyon: “Tt was a big shock to the community, and she had always done these kid fishing days. The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee took on the responsibility of maintaining the gear that she had used, and making sure that it’s available and in good shape.” The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will have gear available for anyone interested in participating. Hours of this event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, January 6.last_img read more